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Civics, social justice lessons and more curriculum changes SJ lawmakers want in schools

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Discussions in the Statehouse could make changes to what your kids learn and what’s on the menu in the cafeteria.

South Jersey lawmakers introduced a number of bills in the 2022-2023 session — some of which were held over from last year — concerning public school curriculum and administrative policies, including a requirement for all high school juniors to submit college financial aid applications.

Here’s a look at what’s been proposed by our local legislators: School district policies

Election Day excused absence ( A1318 ): Students age 14 and older may be excused from school on Election Day with documentation they volunteered as a poll observer, canvasser or in voter transport to the polls. This bill is sponsored by Assemblywomen Gabriela Mosquera (D-4, Gloucester) and Carol Murphy (D-7, Burlington).

Financial Aid forms ( A1181 ): All high school juniors would be required to fill out financial aid applications for college as a requirement of graduation. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman William Moen (D-5, Camden) narrowly passed through the Assembly Higher Education committee with a 4-3 vote. In the Cafeteria

Cafeteria Cultural Committee ( A3528 ): A committee would make recommendations on new menu options that better reflect the cultural and […]

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